Due to the nature of Avoriaz - that it is a purpose built alpine resort - its location reflects this and it has been built at altitude. This makes it more isolated than other villages in the Portes Du Soleil, which have existed for far longer and would have relied on good transport links and proximity to other towns in the past.
As it was designed for skiing and alpine sports Avoriaz was built at a higher altitude then the rest of the Portes Du Soleil, at 1800 metres. It sits at a place where the altitude alters the surrounding area, so that there are many wooded areas below it and more rocky and barren environments above it.
Avoriaz is approximately 13 kilometres from Morzine via the winding Route DíAvoriaz which goes past the golf course just outside Avoriaz. Morzine is probably the more well known of the two resort towns with a much higher population but Avoriaz has the benefit of being a ski in and ski out resort in winter, surrounded by some of the most snow sure slopes in Europe.
The nearest airport to Avoriaz is Geneva. It is approximately 92 kilometres away and, depending on traffic, it takes about one hour and forty five minutes to drive between the two. Geneva is also the closest major city to Avoriaz, with a population of approximately 190,000 as well as being home to the World Health Organisation, CERN and the second largest of the four United Nations offices in the world (the largest being the New York Headquarters)
Thonon is a large town with a population of 35,000 and a total area of 16.21 kilometres squared. It sits on the banks of lake Geneva (Lac Leman) and is 44.7 kilometres from Avoriaz. It has a train station and a bus station as well as access to ferries across the lake to Lausanne and Geneva.
Another large town, approximately 42 kilometres from Avoriaz, is Cluses. It is smaller than Thonon with a population of less than 20,000 and an area of 10.5 kilometres squared. It is also serviced by a train station and bus station.
Avoriaz is located close to the border with Switzerland and it is relatively easy for skiers, hikers and mountain bikers to head over to the Swiss resorts of Champery and Les Crosets. However, there is no direct road access but it is certainly a unique experience being able to take ski lifts across the border!